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Leafs Get Penalized in Philly

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Anthony Laksmana

March 7, 2010
Wachovia Center
Philadelphia, PA
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The Leafs came out of the gates with a strong effort looking to get a rare back-to-back road win against the Flyers. However, it wasn't meant to be as bad penalties, blown coverage and lack of scoring cost the Leafs a win in Philadelphia.

Two quick goals within a two minute span late in the 2nd period by Simon Gagne and Danny Briere was what the home team needed to put the game out of reach for the Leafs.

6 Penalty minutes by Colton Orr within a 5 minute span in the 1st period.
30:20 Total penalties by both teams.
44.4% Powerplay % by the Flyers in their past 5 games.
76 Seconds apart of the second and third goals of the game for the Flyers.
7 Goals by Flyers forward Jeff Carter in his last 8 games.
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Chris Pronger
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Chris Pronger was a huge defensive presence who also factored in on two of the three goals for Philadelphia. Pronger was a +1 on the night and picked up two assists on the night despite getting no shots on net.

While on the two-man advantage in the first period, Pronger faked a shot from the point and made a nice pass to Jeff Carter who had a wide open net to pot his 30th goal of the season and 7th goal in the past 8 games. 

Nikolai Kulemin continues to impress with a strong performance at both ends of the ice against the Flyers on Sunday night. 

The left winger tied up the game in the second period with a nice backhand that beat Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton glove side. It was his 12th goal on the season and second goal in as many games.

Heading into Sunday's game, the Flyers were ranked the third best power play team in the NHL (22.6%) while the Leafs were ranked last in penalty killing. That stat was apparently lost on the Leafs who were called for eleven penalties in the game.

Flyers could only tally one powerplay goal on a 5-on-3 in the first period. The penaly killing team was very effective against the Flyers limiting their chances and getting in the passing lanes.

Ron Wilson on Colton Orr's 3 minor penalties in the 1st period:

"It was more the one where he hit the goalie. That was an unnecessary penalty; the other ones I didn't mind. At that point we've done a great job of killing the 5-on-3. Our penalty killing was excellent but then we gave them an extended 5-on-3. And at that point it was only a matter of time before they got the first goal."

Tuesday March 9 vs. Boston
  7 PM ET (Sportsnet, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Maple Leafs return home to face the Boston Bruins after going 1-2 on their three-game road trip. The Bruins have won three out of the four meetings against the Leafs this season.

Luca Caputi will be playing his first game in his hometown since being traded to the Leafs on trade deadline day.

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